THE Black Tie Ensemble

The Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series is getting into the Christmas spirit this weekend.

This Saturday, December 1, at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, the BTE VO1SS, formerly known as the Black Tie Ensemble, will be performing with the Field Band Foundation and the acclaimed Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in a Carols by Candlelight celebration.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Abraham Kriel Childcare Centre, which cares for children up to the age of 18.

The centre’s main objective is to protect, care and develop children who have been subjected to trauma, abuse, molestation, poverty and neglect. In keeping with the spirit of giving, concert-goers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to the concert. These will be donated to the centre to help make the children’s festive season a joyful one.

According to Bandile Mngoma, sponsorships manager at Old Mutual: “This is a celebratory show that promises to ignite the spirit of unity, giving and appreciation among people. We encourage families to attend the Old Mutual Carols by Candlelight, enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens and the magical moments it will bring to make this an unforgettable experience.”

The BTE VO1SS are a must-see act in the classical musical genre. Dedicated to developing young musical talent, they have performed throughout the world and have won numerous awards.

Tickets for the concert are available at at a cost of R50. Children under 13 are free and stand a chance to receive Christmas-themed goodies. Gates will open at 18h00 and the concert will end around 20h15. Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets. On-site restaurant and tea garden available. Both serve alcoholic beverages.


Tonight is offering ten lucky readers a ticket to experience the Old Mutual Carols by Candlelight this Saturday. To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is send your name, and contact details, to [email protected] The competition closes on Thursday at 12 noon. Only the winners will be contacted.